In short, we're the cinematic bridge between the U.S. and Asia. Our past festivals include Academy Award, Sundance and Cannes Palme d'Or winners side-by-side with first-time DIY indie filmmakers. We're eclectic, we keep it simple and we love film.

GIFF strives to capture the passion and spirit of independent filmmakers and their films as we showcase them to the Pacific Asia region.

Community. Education. Entertainment.
The mission of the Guam International Film Festival is to foster cultural understanding through the art of cinema. GIFF achieves this through community outreach, education through festival workshops and efforts to build awareness for social responsibility through our film programming. In addition, GIFF aims to provide opportunities for employment and local businesses to flourish through international cinema and industry related businesses.

GIFF proudly presents itself as an international cinema event exhibiting a new and dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S., Asia and the Pacific’s multi-cultural population and region. GIFF is the first and only annual U.S. film festival in the western pacific.

Only a few hours away from major international metropolitan cities such as Sydney, Manila, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong, Guam has always served as the global gateway to an eclectic mix of professionals from the U.S., Asia and Pacific rim offering a platform to exchange opportunities in business and entertainment.

Awards & Prizes

The eligible categories for the Guam International Film Festival awards are as follows:

Grand Jury Awards:
Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short

Audience Choice Award:
Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18

Best Made In The Marianas Award:
Made in the Marianas

Best of Festival:
Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18

Best Actor:
Narrative, Made in the Marianas, Student Under 18

Note: The GIFF Crystal Awards will be presented only to the receiving filmmakers who are in attendance at the GIFF awards ceremony. We do not ship awards or acknowledgment certificates to winners that are not present.

Rules & Terms

For complete 2017 GIFF Submission Rules and Regulations, please visit the GIFF Official Website: http://www.guamfilmfestival.org

We accept only digital online secure screeners via Vimeo, YouTube or FilmFreeway (no DVD's).

Filmmakers may be students, amateurs and professionals. Films may be of any genre, including narrative films, documentary films, features, shorts, student films, music videos, mobile short and experimental films. Be sure to refer to our GIFF rules of eligibility and category guidelines on our website. We are particularly interested in presenting Pacific Asian Premieres.

The Festival will not consider works-in-progress. The Festival will consider work recorded on Mobile Devices and DSLR cameras. All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival Submission and Festival Exhibition.

We will inform you of our official selections by August 4, 2017.

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CERTIFICATION OF ENTRANT: I, the contact person for the film submitted with this application, agree to the following terms and conditions:

• I have read, understood, and completed all eligibility requirements for which I would like this film to be considered.
• To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this application are true.
• I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Guam International Film Festival (GIFF).
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• Films may have language tracks other than English, but must have embedded English subtitles.
• This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
• GIFF reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any work submitted. Eligible works for competition must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Works accepted to screen at the festival will be categorized and programmed at the sole discretion of GIFF.
• All rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition of this film to the public have been secured, so that exhibition of this film will not obligate the Guam International Film Festival to make any payment to any third party and will not violate or infringe upon the rights of any individual, firm or corporation whatsoever.
• The Guam International Film Festival may use excerpts from the film and stills for advertising and promotional purposes, in print or electronic materials, online, or at live events.
• By virtue of submitting my work to the Guam International Film Festival for consideration for inclusion in their film festival, I also give the Guam International Film Festival permission and license to screen my work at their film festival without screening fees if my work is selected.
• Should my film be chosen as an official selection of the 2017 Guam International Film Festival, I grant GIFF clearance, permission and license to exhibit my selected work through regional television, encore event screenings and online for the duration of six months from its original GIFF Festival exhibition date.
• If selected for the festival, I agree to pay for shipping costs when sending my film/hard drive to GIFF. The Guam International Film Festival pays for return shipping.
• All final works must be completed and received no later than August 18, 2017. This contract is binding and you will be held responsible for the information in your submission.
• I hold the Guam International Film Festival harmless from damage to or loss of exhibition file, hard drive or any film collateral material en route to or from GIFF or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film.
• For additional submission questions: info@guamfilmfestival.org

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    Jack Niedenthal

    great, enthusiastic people running the festival, great Asian/Pacific/American films, a cool, beautiful island environment, what more could you want in a film festival? I've attended 4 of the 6 GIFF film festivals so far, all excellent and memorable.

    January 2017
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    Ned Daly

    A privilege to be made an Official Selection. Very easy to deal with. Wish I could have attended

    December 2016
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    sion joseph

    Superb! truly superb! highly recommended!

    October 2016
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    Cati and Mike Gonzalez

    GIFF is definitely a Festival worth submitting to! They also just moved to the new Guam Museum in the Island's Capital of Hagatña which is pretty awesome. We look forward to submitting our future works to GIFF again. -Cati and Mike Gonzalez

    October 2016